Syrian Ambassador Mekdad to Speak on February 22
"Syria and Its Role in Its Region"
Madison, NJ – Feb. 1, 2006 – The community is invited to hear His Excellency Ambassador Fayssal Mekdad, the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, discuss “Syria and Its Role in Its Region,” a United Nations Pathways Lecture, on Wednesday, February 22, at the College at Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
This lecture will be held in Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments at 6 p.m. precede the lecture.
Ambassador Mekdad presented his credentials to Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, in September, 2003. Prior to his appointment, Mekdad served as deputy permanent representative, during which time he represented his country on the Security Council in 2002.
Mekdad joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Syria in 1994, and from 1996 to the present, served on his country’s delegations to sessions of the UN General Assembly. He was a Rapporteur of the Special Committee on Decolonization.
Ambassador Mekdad attended many of the major United Nations conferences, including those on human rights (Vienna, 1993), social development (Copenhagen, 1995) and the follow-up conferences held in New York (1995-2003).
He was a member of the Syrian delegation to the 2000 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Ambassador Mekdad also attended the summit meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement in Colombia and South Africa, as well as ministerial meetings of the organization. He was a member of the Syrian delegation to the South Summit in Havana, Cuba (June, 2000) and to ministerial meetings of the “Group of 77” developing countries since 1995. In Turin, Italy, in 1994, he attended a course on human rights organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Mekdad earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at the University of Damascus and received his doctoral degree in English Literature at Charles University in Prague in 1992.